Linda Shultis serves Lummi Nation and others who live and work among the tribe. The Lummi Reservation is located 100 miles north of Seattle, near Bellingham, WA, and 20 miles south of the Canadian border.
In 1988, while standing knee-deep in the waters of the Salish Sea, God told Ernie (Linda’s husband) that “someday you’ll be ministering to Native people in these waters.” In 2008 Ernie and Linda became involved with NAIM through its summer ministry program on a First Nations reserve in British Columbia, Canada. God finally, in 2011, allowed Ernie and Linda to relocate from the Catskill Mountains – Hudson River Valley area of NY State to Ferndale, WA to serve Lummi Nation. Ernie was a chaplain at the Whatcom County Jail until his death in 2013 and served Lummi Nation in various ways.
Linda uses acts of service as a means of communicating God’s love to the Lummi people. Visitation, prayer with and for people, informal counseling, attending community events and helping Lummi women after their release from the county jail are examples of her involvement. Linda helps with the annual Jesus Quest Kids’ Bible Camp held on the reservation each summer. She is involved with Jesus Christ Community Church, a small start-up church on the reservation. In addition, Linda has a role of assisting people in the Lummi community when there is an unexpected death.
Upon Ernie’s death Linda knew that she was to stay in the area and continue what God had started through Ernie and her.